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These incredible time-lapse images look as though they could have been staged, but they were, in fact, a series of coincidental moments.
The mind-bending works in Pelle Cass's "Select People" series are created by shooting hundreds of images from the same spot – usually in areas where people mill around, like parks, sporting events or or tourist sites.

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This painstaking process can take Pelle, 62, hours to shoot, before the photographer returns to his studio to create his composite images.
After selecting an empty shot of the scene, Pelle, from Boston, USA, simply decides what to retain and what to omit from other shots.

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This process, he said, can be meticulous, as "it all really happened just as you see it, just not at the same time."

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The results include groups of people walking in lines that appear natural but at the same time not; basketballs bouncing in strange directions; groups of individuals that look like they could have been choreographed – all with the intention of making the viewer double-take. 

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Pelle said: "It's sort of a private feeling. "As I work on a photo, I love studying all the people and picking out patterns. 
"It's a bit like a video game. 

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"It's engrossing and I feel like I'm in the middle of some secret, that I know something about the passing of time that is hidden to most people."
The photographer came up with the idea for his series in 2008 while people-watching on his front porch.

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It would be interesting, Pelle thought, if all the people who had walked by in the past could still be seen all at once.
Many of the photographer's works have been shot in the Boston area, but Pelle has also travelled to the likes of New York City in order to add to his series.

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He currently photographs between five and 10 new works a year, and has intentions to add more sporting events in the future.
Pelle said: "The other thing is my work allows me to put the world into extreme order in some images and complete chaos in others. 

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"It's some kind of lesson about the world, maybe about the ecstasy of chaos and the pleasure of order."